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Started with a Bike Ended Up with Much More

The goodness of cycling

If you’ve visited this blog before you’ll probably know that I’m doing a charity bike ride in May and initially I had the following benefits in mind:

  1. Raise money to support a worthy cause
  2. Get fit

 It turns out I’m getting so much more out of the process:

  1. I’ve discovered a new hobby: I hadn’t actually realised how much I enjoyed cycling until I begun  training, now it is and will continue to be a regular part of my weekly schedule
  2. I’ve rediscovered the outdoors: I hadn’t realised until recently but I actually don’t spend very much time enjoying the outdoors, as I drive everywhere. cycling has given me a new found appreciation for the town I live in and the surrounding countryside which I had never ventured into.
  3. I’ve become more involved with my community: I’ve discovered initiatives like Sustrans and government funded cycle training schemes that I never knew existed.
  4. Made new friends and supporters: I’ve met some great people from participating in cycle rides and training that I never would have met otherwise.

I’ve still got 4 months to go until the women V Cancer Ride the Night event but so far the experience has been more rewarding than I ever thought.

Speaking of Women V Cancer, here is a bit more info on Jos Cervical Cancer Trust one of the charities being supported by the event:

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust 

  • Established in 1999 and is the UK’s only charity dedicated to supporting women affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. Their mission is to see cervical cancer prevented, reduce the impact for everyone affected by cervical abnormalities and cervical cancer through providing the highest quality information and support services and campaigning for excellence in cervical cancer treatment and prevention.
  • Provide information and support through a  helplineAsk The Expert service and online forum as well as through a network of support groups across the country.
  • Fundraising is vital to keep developing these services this is how fundraising could help:
    •  £100 will allow the Trust to answer five calls to our Helpline and offer confidential support and information.
    • £400 will enable them to train a volunteer to run a local group, providing personal support to women living with cervical cancer.
    • £1,000 will allow them to print and distribute 10,000 materials for health professionals to give to their patients.
    • £4,000 could help fund Let’s Meet their our annual information day enabling them to bring together women affected by cervical cancer, help them build vital networks and share experiences.

Those are Just a few reasons why I’d like to support them in their fundraising efforts. If you’d like to sponsor me in support of Jos Cervical Cancer Trust as well as Breast Cancer Care and Ovarian Cancer Action, please feel free to do so via my JustGiving page.

I’d also love to here about any new hobbies you’ve adopted this year

Speak Soon,

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A Bike Ride Fit to Move Me Beyond Me

I hopped on a bike today for the first time in years and it felt good to break my usual routine and do something different this morning, I had forgotten how much I actually enjoyed cycling.

Last week I told you about the Women V Cancer Ride the Night event and that’s the main reason for me hopping on a bike again. So my journey towards this bike ride began for two reasons both linked to getting outside of my comfort zone. Firstly, as motivation to adopt a healthier lifestyle, and secondly to focus on something beyond myself and my needs.

When the news on TV is as grim as it is day in a day out, we can grow numb and unfeeling towards the hurts and pain of others, and I’ve found myself wanting to feel again. My most important mandate as a Christian is to ‘love’ and it’s very difficult to love when you don’t feel.

So in my pursuit to feel more I decided to start with other women, and it seemed fitting that the bike ride is in support of 3 women’s charities. In this post I wanted to share a little about one of them; Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. The video above gives you an overview of the great work they do. If you would like to support them by way of sponsoring me please do so by visiting JustGiving.com/Katrina-Douglas

Love and blessings,
Katrina x

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Women V Cancer Ride the Night


I am so excited about 2014, I’m determined that it’s going to be my best year yet!

And for me that means stepping out of my comfort zone, taking on new challenges and investing my time in meaningful projects that matter.

A couple of days ago I told you about some of the plans I have to take this blog to the next level which I’m really excited about, you can find out more in the post entitled ‘New Year New Goals’.

Today I want to talk to you about another challenge I’m taking on and that’s the Women V Cancer Ride the Night event where I’ll be joining 2000 women to ride 62 miles from Windsor Race cause to central London and back on May 31st 2014.

The bike ride is in support of 3 great charities Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action all of which provide invaluable support to countless women each year during the most difficult periods of their lives.

In the coming weeks I’ll posting numerous uodates about the work these charities do, in the ‘motivation’ section of this blog.

I’m super excited to be part of this event and have begun training in earnest, joining a Gym for the first time in my life! and I even went out this weekend and bought myself a brand new bike to prepare for the challenge!

By the end of this challenge I hope to have achieved the following goals:

  1. Raised at least £500 for the 3 women’s charities I’ve mentioned
  2. Adopted a much healthier lifestyle including regular exercise
  3. Successfully completed a challenge that stretches me beyond my current comfort zone

In truth we only grow through challenging ourselves, and my goal this year is to grow in more ways than one.

But I need your help to complete this goal, I’m asking that you would consider sponsoring me to complete this challenge by making a donation via my Just Giving page, any amount no matter how small will be greatly appreciated. I have to raise at least £199 by 25th April 2014 and I hope to raise at least £500 by May 31st.

Thank you so much for your support and I look forward to keeping you posted on my progress in the coming weeks and months

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